Bahn Mi Pizza

Recently I traveled to Vietnam and fell in love with the street food. So much flavor that your taste buds go WILD ! Bahn Mi is traditionally prepared with nice crunch French bread and filled with selected marinated meats, topped with fresh veggies and herbs and served with a sweet n spicy dipping sauce. I swore when I got back to the states I would never come up with a blend of Italian/Vietnamese Food. I lied. This pizza is ridiculously delicious.

One pizza is with pork belly (that I braised first) and shrimp that has been marinated. Garnished with fresh greens, veggies, herbs and served with a dipping sauce. One pizza is a lemongrass marinated beef (I used flatiron steak slice very thin). Garnished with fresh greens, cilantro, mint, papaya & crushed peanuts.

Pork Belly & Shrimp Pizza

1/2 lb pork belly, about 1 inch wide and thinly sliced
1/2 pound shrimp shelled cleaned & deveined
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tbs sesame oil
juice of 1 lime
2 tbs sugar
1 shallot, minced
1 tbs fresh ginger finely chopped
1tsp turmeric

Place pork belly and shrimp in separate bowls. Mix marinade and divide over pork and shrimp. Marinate at least for 30 minutes.

Vietnamese Sweet-n-Sour Dipping Sauce

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 limes, juice of
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons grated carrots

Lemongrass Beef Pizza

2 tablespoons fresh garlic minced
3 tablespoons shallots minced
3 tablespoons lemongrass finely chopped
2 green onions chopped
1 red chili finely chopped
3 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoon fish sauce
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon pepper
1 pound thin sliced beef

Make marinade and pour over beef. Let marinate at least 30 minutes.

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaf
1/2 cup finely chopped scallion top
1/4 cup chopped mint leaf
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
fresh papaya or mango
arugula, pea shoots, grated carrots, grated cucumber